In an effort to trim the state deficit, Senator Chris Buttars of Utah
has proposed giving high school students the option of skipping senior
year if they've accumulated enough credits to graduate. Utah is running
a $700 million debt, and Buttars estimates this move would save the
state about $60 million. His plan, though, has attracted almost nothing
but derision, with critics predicting dire fallout at the local, state,
and national levels.
- Just Crazy Jim Moss
at Firedoglake flatly declares, "It looks like the race to be the most
whacked-out state is now a four
state field. Joining Florida, South Carolina, and Texas is upstart Utah
... something is seriously wrong when it’s crunch-time for the budget,
the first thing put on the chopping block is education -- an entire
of a child’s education."
- A Statewide Disadvantage An unsigned editorial
in the Utah newspaper Park Record imagines what life will be like for
Utah locals forever explaining their irregular transcripts. "I know
that the other high school graduates
who are applying for this job are probably older and have more training
than I do but our state couldn't afford to keep us in school any
longer. Sincerely, A Utah student."
- Every Year Counts Reporting for Idaho's KIDK News, Ian Parker
finds that Idaho students would have no interest in seeing Buttars's
idea implemented in their state. One student describes a writing class
he's taking as a senior: "I took an AP literature class and the first
few essays we had to write
were bad, then towards the end of it I finally got the flow of things."
- But We Should at Least Have the Option Some students are reportedly
eager to get a head start on college or the working world. Gayle
Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum, a conservative public
advocacy group, told Amy Stewart for Deseret News, "Those who don't want to be there their senior year shouldn't be there."
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